Below you’ll find a selection of best locks per category.
Pick something that you are mainly looking for and it will hop you towards my #1 pick for the specific category.
97 locks were reviewed to come up with this categorisation and summary.
That’s just plain awful.
I’ve done many hundreds of hours of research, to find the absolute best bike locks to keep those Armani-jeaned thieves from stealing your precious bike.
#1 GOLD - highest level of security
#2 SILVER - a compromise between security and price
#3 BRONZE - the lowest level of security
NB! Most companies that offer bike insurance need your lock to rated by Sold Secure.
The Best Bike Lock Out of 97 Locks
This lock from Kryptonite is what I use myself. As a matter of fact, I personally have 2 of these, one for the front and one for the back part of my bike. However, if you don’t live in Amsterdam, one lock should do just fine.
It costs around $85, but it will save you the trouble of having to buy a new lock in the near future. Where as if you vouch for cheaper options you might be shopping for a new lock sooner than expected (that’s what happened to me).
Most Secure Bike Lock
If you’re looking to secure your bike with the safest lock there is, this is the one that you should pick. Yea it costs quite a bit, but if you’re looking for the highest amount of security, then Abus Granit X-plus is your go-to lock.
You can find one of the most thorough and professional lock cracking tests ever completed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxIbAFnmsIQ – They found ABUS’s Granit X to be the most secure lock after destroying £11,000 worth of locks.
Most Lightweight Bike Lock
TiGr mini looks totally different from all other bike locks in the market. It is made of titanium contrary to most other locks. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s stronger, but the little lock sure is strong given it’s weight and built.
I personally really like the looks of the lock. It looks really great on minimalistic looking fixie bikes or older style retro bikes.
Best Looking Bike Lock
Yea I know that ranking locks based on their looks is super subjective. Nevertheless I think that Litelock has focused heavily on their design while uncompromising the security level of their lock.
You can also choose a silver colored lock, which is more seamless and doesn’t catch unwanted attention.
UPDATE: I reduced the security level of this lock, as there have been some complaints about people getting their bikes stolen with this lock.
E.g. like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJWh0piHSdc
Best Folding Bike Lock
Abus Bordo Granit is the heavyweight champion of folding bike locks. It’s the toughest one in the market. If you’re shopping for a folding lock, I’d recommend this one above all others.
Folding locks are a great pick, they are more compact than most other locks and easily mountable to your bike. However, these locks are inherently easier to crack than the U-shaped locks. With the Abus Granit the security difference is brought down to a minimum.
Best U-Shaped Bike Lock
That’s the same lock as I’ve already shown above. It’s what I use and what I consider to be the best overall lock in terms of value/security for the money.
Plus if your bike gets stolen, you are applicable for a bike insurance provided by Kryptonite. You just need to register online after you buy the lock and they will give you a guarantee up to $5,000.
T&C apply as always, but as long as you follow the instructions, you should get the money. No other brand offers this. Read more.
Best Chain Bike Lock
The problem with chain locks is that the heavier they are, the more security they offer. You can choose an even stronger lock, but it will cost you a few extra kilos/pounds and I wouldn’t want to carry that much weight around every day.
If you are able to use the chains as a stationary lock, then choose the one with the biggest chain diameter (and weight).
Best Bike Lock Under $25
If you’re shopping for a cheaper priced lock, then the Via Velo lock is currently the best option on the market.
Yes, it doesn’t have the same level of security as more expensive locks, but if your living in a safer neighbourhood where bikes don’t get stolen that often, and/or your bike isn’t that expensive, then this is a definitely an option that I would go for.
Best Bike Lock Under $50
The main drawback with Kryptonite locks is that they are pricey. The price comes from their superior quality and security. However this lock is currently on sale, making it a very appealing offer.
It’s also the cheapest Sold Secure GOLD rated lock.
Best Bike Lock Under $100
This is my #1 recommended lock, and it does cost below $100. Yes, there are a few locks that are even more secure than this one, but they are more expensive and weigh more.
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I will do a random draw and send my most favorite bike lock to a random commentator (no spam pls).